OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." Exodus 22:22 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." Exodus 23:6 "During the seventh year, let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat … Continue reading 100+ Bible passages about Loving and Serving the Poor
Here are a few of the main points from my most recent article in The Christian Post about pastors and their congregations coming together on issues related to immigration. I believe there are several clear areas where pastors and their parishioners can find common ground, if we are committed to questioning and learning . . . together … Continue reading From “How pastors and churchgoers can approach immigration together”
How might you handle a minor disagreement with someone if you knew it would be remembered and talked about two thousand years later? As Paul closed out the letter to the Church at Philippi, a church that we could argue was as healthy and effective as any we find in the New Testament, he mentioned … Continue reading A Word about Conflict in Church
I must confess I have struggled with some significant prejudices during my life. I am so thankful for God's grace that has broken through and continues to break through the hard shell of my presuppositions about others. Yet I know that even now I hold some opinions about others, both individuals and groups, that are … Continue reading Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”
I had already decided on one of my New Year's goals when I experienced a couple of confirmations. My goal: To give as little attention as possible to hateful, thoughtless, or ridiculous things I see, read, or receive from others. The first two confirmations I am on the right track came when I saw two … Continue reading Don’t give it attention.
I overheard this recently: “There was nothing special about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She was simply the vessel God chose to surrogate his son. He could have chosen any woman for his purposes, she just happened to be the one he chose. She was a young, imperfect girl who could not possibly have understood all … Continue reading The Demeaning of Mary Full of Grace
Evangelicals have grown fond of using the term "worldview," which we typically define as something like, "the lens through which we view God, creation, religion, culture, tribe, family, ourselves, and others." Worldview is definitely a real factor in every facet of life, but it is by definition subjective. Our lenses are shaped by many uncontrollable … Continue reading An Incomplete Worldview and Advent